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  1. Ken Anderson

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    • The best thread titles will relate to the topic of the thread. In other words, someone shouldn't have to click into the thread in order to find out what it's about.
    • Please, enough with the quotation marks in titles. Ninety percent of the time it doesn't even make sense to use quotation marks, and one hundred percent of the time they are unnecessary. Either way, I will remove any quotation marks from titles because they break the capitalization format. Save your quotes for the posts themselves.
    • Rarely does it make sense to include a series of dots after a title. We all know that the subject will be continued in the posts because that's the point of a thread.
     
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    Sorry, Ken. I think I'm a culprit of doing these things. Glad you brought them to our attention,
    Again, sorry!
     
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  3. Ken Anderson

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    There's no need to apologize. Since the first letter of each letter in a title is capitalized, and the forum views the quotation mark as a character, it doesn't capitalize the letter following it, which makes the title look strange, is all.
     
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    I know that I have included the dots in a few of my titles. I do not have any idea where or when I picked that habit up. I do it because the first word after the dots is never capitalized.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    That's happened to me several times, and I wondered out loud. One explanation was made, but it made no sense to me, so I let the mater drop.
     
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    It's explained here.

    Whenever a new thread is started, the author of the thread should have twenty-four hours in which the title of the thread can be edited, so if it looks funny, you can change it.
     
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    :)Learned something today and that's what I did with " marks in my title and no matter how I tried to correct it the way I wanted to present my title it wouldn't do it. I understand now. I learned something and life is for learning. Thanks and sorry.
     
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    One thing is for sure, Ken, this seniorsonly.club forum site is just so awesome that none of us want to do/write something wrong. Whether I agree or disagree with someone's Thread or comment, I think everyone on here is wonderful and a please to discuss things with. I know that I've definitely learned some cool things since being a part of this forum.
     
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    Ken, I wish you could go all over the internet and tell people these things! :)

    I've seen so many post titles (not here) on other forums like " "what would you do" "question" "this bothers me"

    I could go on and on. I'm like why not just put your darn question in the title. What bothers you? Put it in the title!
     
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    I believe they think that by not stating the topic, people will have to click into the thread in order to see what it's about. That's not what happens, however. More often, fewer people will both clicking on it because they don't see anything in the title that interests or intrigues them. Plus, a topical title will eventually pull people in from the search engines as well, while vague titles are unlikely to.
     
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    "a topical title will eventually pull people in from the search engines as well"

    Very true! Having trouble with my car, I searched "Ford Trouble Code P0054". One of the first responses was a post from Ford Explorer Forums!
    Frank
     
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    Being a "Titleist", does not make one a golf ball. Thanks for the tips, Ken!
     
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  13. Ken Anderson

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    It's time to bump this thread to the top again.
     
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    Extremely guilty re dots will try to curb my enthusiasm as Larry would say.
     
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    I can so totally relate to your statement, @Jeff Tracy ! I love punctuation, and I also add exclamation points , even when not necessary, and I think that adding the dots at the end is very expressive.
    Some of us are simply meant to be dramatic in our communication, I think, and it is hard to omit these when posting a new thread.
     
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    I think you are !""$******&^&&££+++""">>>>>???@@@"""!!! with lots of dots ......................................
     
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    WOW ! ! !
    That has got to be the most enthusiastic compliment (?) that I have experienced in a while.............. all of that drama is AMAZING ! !
    (I bet that Ken is hoping that neither of us start any more threads.....)
     
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    ***************$$$$$$$$$$$$$*******************~~~~~~~~~~~############# all night ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ************
     
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    I actually replied to a thread on a Reddit sub forum I go to and told the OP that she should have put her subject better in the subject title. I got a long winded reply from her. However the best part was I didn't even read it. I stopped reading after something like "yeah but I blah blah blah. Stopped after the third "blah" People sure get defensive easy. Her post title was so ridiculous it had nothing to do with what the post contained. I couldn't help call her out on it but of coarse she got defensive. Usually I let them slide but this one was so blatantly bad.
     
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    Good info. Will try to do better.
     
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    The statistics don't show that the number of posts here have gone up rapidly, but I am having trouble keeping up with the threads here so, while I once tried to at least read every thread posted here, I can't always keep up with it, so sometimes I just mark everything as read and start over. One thing that would help, not only me but others, as well as our SEO concerns, would be if everyone tried to create thread titles that let people know what the thread is about.
     
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    @Ken Anderson Roger, will try to comply. How is the directory business? Last I heard things had blacked out and you were unknowing.
     
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    It's back up and running. We start work again tomorrow.
     
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